Why do college lecturers need to register with GTC Scotland?

In March 2018 Colleges Scotland Employers Association and the EIS – Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) agreed that mandatory registration was part of the outcome of national bargaining (NJNC Circular 03/18). Registration with GTC Scotland now forms part of the agreed national terms and conditions of employment for all college lecturers under the new harmonisation arrangements.

In December 2018, a College Lecturer Registration Roundtable, attended by GTC Scotland, EIS-FELA, Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Government, committed to working together to register college lecturers with GTC Scotland.

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Registration pilot

A registration pilot took place from November 2020 – March 2021 with three colleges: Dundee and Angus College, Forth Valley College, and Glasgow Kelvin College.

During the pilot, eligible college lecturers at these colleges were professionally registered with GTC Scotland.

Registration for Lecturers with TQFE or other GTC Scotland recognised teaching qualification

Since August 2021 all lecturers covered by the national agreement who hold a TQFE or other GTC Scotland recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification have received an invitation to apply for registration. 

Lecturers who hold a teaching qualification from outside Scotland will be invited to apply for registration from April 2022 onwards. If you have an enquiry regarding your teaching qualification, please speak to your college HR team in the first instance.

Who is eligible to register?

At present, to apply for full registration as a college lecturer you require:

  • a Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) from a Scottish University (offered at Aberdeen, Dundee and Stirling Universities), an equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education) or an equivalent qualification from outside of Scotland.
  • 190 days teaching experience in a college setting with adult learners.
  • The provision of a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership record. Applicants will complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member Application Form as part of the registration process.
  • A satisfactory reference from your current college employer.

We understand that each registration application is unique and that college lecturers have a wide range of skills and experience often crossing sectors including universities, schools, industry, specialisms and a broad range of commercial experience.

GTC Scotland’s registration team are experienced in supporting college lecturer applications including advising on complex case assessment where qualifications are gained outside Scotland.

What are the benefits of registration?

There are many benefits to registration including:

  • Registration with the recognised professional body that will represent and advocate for college lecturers in Scotland.
  • An entitlement to a high-quality, lecturer-led model of professional learning through Professional Update.
  • Enhanced lecturer professionalism through career-long professional learning and critical reflection on practice.
  • Access to an online reflective professional learning record (MyPL) for each lecturer to log, critically reflect upon and plan their professional learning activities.
  • Support and enhancement for effective Professional Review and Development (PRD) processes.
  • Support the enhanced professional capacity of lecturers to continually achieve excellence across the college sector.
  • Access to the Education Source (EBSCO), a resource of more than 1,900 academic journals, eBooks, articles and video resources to support professional and academic reading and enquiry.
  • Ability to apply for a Professional Recognition award.
  • A regular College e-zine called Inspiring Lecturers which contains opinion pieces about key topics alongside regular features on learning, practice and professional resources.
  • Access to the MyBenefits App offering discounts on a range of services and products.
How to apply

College Lecturers covered by the NJNC Agreements (all unpromoted lecturers and promoted lecturers at levels 1, 2 and 3) do not need to take any action at the moment. GTC Scotland contacted lecturers in September 2021 if they were eligible to register from this date.

If you are unsure whether your role is covered please speak to your local HR department or EIS FELA representative. If you are in a role which is not covered you are still encouraged to register and should contact us at collegesector@gtcs.org.uk to apply.

Help with registration

If you have a query regarding registration we recommend speaking to the Human Resources team within your college or to your EIS-FELA Branch Secretary in the first instance. GTC Scotland will be working in partnership with EIS-FELA, Colleges Scotland and individual colleges throughout the registration process.

Alternatively, you can contact us at collegesector@gtcs.org.uk.

How much will registration cost?

The GTC Scotland annual registration fee is £65. This is a standard fee for all registrants. We do not offer variable fees, however we have agreed a reduced part-year fee of £43 for all lecturers invited to register from August 2021.

Lecturers who registered during the pilot phase will be required to pay £43 from August 2021.

All lecturers registering will resume standard annual registration fee collection of £65 from April 2022.

All applicants for GTC Scotland registration are required by law to be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Once you submit your online application to GTC Scotland, you will receive an email from Disclosure Scotland which must be actioned within 7 days.

What are the Costs?

  • Application to join PVG Scheme: £59
  • If you are already a member of the PVG Scheme, Existing PVG (EPVG): £18

This is payable by applicants directly to Disclosure Scotland.

Registration FAQs

I don’t have a University degree. Do I need this for registration?

Whilst many lecturers hold degree and higher level qualifications, at present there is no requirement for lecturers to hold a degree to complete TQFE or to be registered. GTC Scotland recognises the depth and breadth of vocational qualifications and industrial experience in the College sector and is working with partners (including Colleges Scotland and EIS FELA) to expand registration opportunities to ensure that lecturers can be registered in a category type appropriate to their background and qualifications.

I used to be registered with GTC Scotland but let my registration lapse. How can I register?

Lecturers who hold a TQFE or a GTC Scotland recognised Primary or Secondary qualification were invited to apply for registration with GTC Scotland from September 2021.

Please check with your college’s HR department in the first instance if you have not received an email.

I teach entirely at Higher Education level (HNC, HND and degree/postgraduate programmes), am I eligible to register?

In March 2018 Colleges Scotland Employers Association and the EIS – Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) agreed that mandatory registration was part of the outcome of national bargaining (NJNC Circular 03/18) and registration with GTC Scotland now forms part of the agreed national terms and conditions of employment for all college lecturers under the new harmonisation arrangements. This agreement covers all lecturers employed by one of Scotland’s colleges, irrespective of the SCQF level of curriculum being taught.

Should I register with GTC Scotland if I am already registered with another regulatory body?

GTC Scotland recognises that some college lecturers may already be registered with another professional regulatory body. GTC Scotland registers individuals who are also registered with other professional bodies. Individuals should discuss with other regulators to clarify their position. If you are registered with another professional regulatory body you should notify us through your application and we will offer specific advice.

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